The Hamilton International Arts in Health Awards 2019 Recipients
This conference represented the inaugural year for their International Arts in Health Awards Program, titled “The Hamilton” – so named after the sponsoring Hamilton Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation at Blue Grass Community Foundation.
The Hamilton International Arts in Health Awards were presented during the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) third annual Arts in Health conference that was held in conjunction with the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo (HFSE) from September 17-19, 2019. Conference activities took place at the Hynes Convention Center.
Awards were given in three categories
Recognition in the Arts Building Resilience category was awarded for demonstrating the efficacy of the arts in combating healthcare provider and family caregiver burnout and cultivating resiliency. First place went to the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist for their “Employee Arts Enrichment Experiences” program, and the University of Minnesota Rochester also received recognition for their exemplary project “The Contemplation of Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health through Creativity.”
Recognition in the Arts Transforming Environments category was awarded for demonstrating the positive impact of an artwork or project in a healthcare environment. There were two first place winners, the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Inova Schar Cancer Institute for their “Collaborative Arts and Healing Program for A New Urban Ambulatory Cancer Institute,” and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for their “Packard 2.0 Art Program” designed and facilitated by Aesthetics, Inc.
Recognition in the Arts for Innovation category was awarded for showcasing a project that has positively impacted target populations through the use of media, technology, or creative programming. First place went to Ballad Health for their “Prescription for Pain: One Dose Storytelling” program, and Georgetown Arts and Humanities Program, MedStar Georgetown University Department of Neurology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center also received recognition as an exemplary project for their “Movement for Multiple Sclerosis” program.
The awards were open to artists working in all media, or arts in health programs in community or clinical settings, who demonstrated an arts project or initiative in a health setting that has measurably improved the health or wellbeing of the intended population. Proposals were evaluated by the following jury, representing the NOAH Board of Directors and their Ambassadors, among others: Cam Busch, Iva Fattorini, Kristina Gray-Akpa, Jackie Hamilton, Annette Ridenour, and Jennifer Wilcox. Collectively, they reviewed both the content and design of each project/program submitted to select this year’s awards recipients in each of the three above categories. Judges associated with any of the awards recused themselves from judging.